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Scott, W.S.: Green Retreats. The Story of Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859. London: Odhams Press, 1955. 8vo., pp. 128 + plates. Illus. to text. 1.5cm surface abrasion to 'General prospect' plate, otherwise internally intact and clean. Green cloth, a little discoloured towards edges. Dust-jacket, torn along fold, frayed at corners, clumsily reinforced inside spine, creased at edges with slight loss, white rear cover somewhat grubby. Still a useful reading copy. With sixteen pages of "charming" illustrations.   Ref: 53005 
Sjöwall, Maj, & Wahlöö, Per: (Teal, Thomas, trans.:) Cop Killer: the Story of a Crime. London: Victor Gollancz, 1975. First English edition. 8vo., pp. [iv], 296. Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Small dent to edge of upper board, top edge a little foxed, still very good overall. The penultimate novel in the Martin Beck series, first published as Polismördaren in 1974.   Ref: 51664 
(Thackeray, Francis St John & Stone, Edward Daniel, ed.:) Florilegium Latinum. Translations into Latin Verse: Pre-Victorian Poets. London & New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1899. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xvi, [ii], 244; xvi, 299. Occasional light foxing. Dark blue publisher's cloth, gilt title and illustration to spines and upper boards, top edges gilt and other edges uncut. Spines sunned, endcaps a bit tattered, cloth at head of upper joint vol.II just starting to split, a few small marks, endpapers and edges lightly toned, still a very good set. The Bodley Head Anthologies series, edited by R.H. Case.   Ref: 52235 
[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Douglas, Gavin, trans.:) (Ruddiman, Thomas, ed.:) Virgil's Aeneis [Aeneid], Translated into Scottish Verse, [...] A new Edition. Wherein the Many Errors of the Former are Corrected, and the Defects Supply'd, from an Excellent Manuscript. To Which is Added a Large Glossary, Explaining the Difficult Words: Which may Serve for a Dictionary to the Old Scottish Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Andrew Symson, and Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1710. Folio, pp. [viii], 19, [i], iv, [iv], 3-236, ff. 237-240, pp. 241-394, 397-486 [xcvi]. Complete despite pagination. With initial and final blank leaves. Two fairly long closed tears, affecting text but with no loss, to leaves 2D and 2U; pp. 189-92 misbound after p. 76, with a note to that effect (in an old hand) to p. 188; sporadic toning as usual with this rather poor-quality paper, some substantial ink smudges to pp. 381, 394, 395 affecting but not obscuring text; occasional light spotting. Contemporary brown calf, raised bands, reddish morocco gilt title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine repaired at head and tail with conspicuous cloth tape, joints and edges rubbed, corners worn, a few marks and scrapes to boards, ffep slightly grubby and loosening, a very good copy that would benefit from more expert repair. Small bookplate (19th century?) of Russell of Aden with two crests to front paste-down. To title-page, inscriptions of: Alexander Russell Aden, with encoded lines beneath; Thomas Gordon, of King's College Aberdeen. The arrangement of the preliminaries varies from copy to copy. The preliminaries here are arranged thus: titlepage; titlepage to 1553 ed.; list of subscribers; 'The Life of Gawin Douglas'; 'The Judgment and Testimonies'; Preface. The main text begins on p. 3 ( A2); according to the ESTC, the title-page to the 1553 ed. (unsigned) may have been intended to be pp. 1-2. Second edition of the first translation of Virgil's 'Aeneid' into Scottish. This edition corrected the first printing (1553), and the Edinburgh philologist Thomas Ruddiman added an elaborate glossary. This glossary was the basis for the antiquary John Jamieson's 'Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language' (1808). The poet Gavin Douglas (?1475-1522), Bishop of Dunkeld and third son of the earl of Angus, "was one of the first to draw the distinction between Scots and 'Inglis'" (OCEL). He was unusual amongst his contemporaries in concentrating solely on studying the vernacular, rather than producing books in Latin. The 'Life' of Gavin Douglas by Bishop Sage, appended here, is one of the main sources for the author's biography. ESTC T139442. Lowndes 2782. Graesse VI.2 355 (note).   Ref: 52023 
Wilson, Peter H.: Europe's Tragedy: the History of the Thirty Years War. London: Allen Lane, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp.xxii, 996, [ii] + plates. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. A few faint smudges to edges, very good indeed overall. Dust-jacket creased at edges but still very good.   Ref: 51637